In our ignorance, we find the grace that he knows all things.
God chose to give the gift of parenthood to flawed individuals knowing full well that not only would he need to redeem our souls but also our parenting. He knew we wouldn’t know it all and that at times we would make poor choices out of ignorance and foolishness. Which is why we must seek out wisdom from his word.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 says:
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
This advice may have been originally given to Israel, but it applies to us as well. There is no greater privilege for the parent than to introduce their children to the ways of God. We must view the days that feel long in the light of eternity and pray daily for grace to be plentiful.
The prayer of Paul for the Ephesiansis a great prayer to paraphrase and use to find grace and purpose for our parenting each day"
For my whole family and myself, I kneel before you Father God, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen us all with power through his Spirit in our inner beings, so that Christ will dwell in our hearts through faith. And I pray that we would be rooted and established in love, that we may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. To you Lord, the perfect father, who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to your power that is at work within us, to you be glory in this home and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21)
Chara Donahue is a co-author of the Bible study 1, 2 & 3 John: Experiencing Transformation and is working on her next book. She enjoys serving as a biblical counselor, speaking to women, and savoring coffee when her four kids are out playing with dad. She holds an MSEd from Corban University, is passionate about seeing people set free through God's truths, and is the founder and editor of Anchored Voices. Get in touch with her on Facebook or Twitter.
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